Chrysotile asbestos will not be listed as a hazardous industrial chemical that can be banned from import after countries including Canada and Ukraine blocked consensus, a United Nations spokesman said Friday.

The decision was taken at a meeting of states that have ratified the Rotterdam Convention despite the treaty's scientific review body having recommended the inclusion of "white" asbestos o

Agreement may be worked out before closure of conference India maintained silence on listing of endosufan under the Rotterdam Convention at the fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention, which opened in Geneva on Monday.

FAO forecast of generally tight situation for most crops and commodities over next 18 months. Consumers are unlikely to get relief from high food prices till December 2012, despite a modest increase in global foodgrain production.

Rich countries have missed a U.N.

Kiev (Ukraine): Greenpeace said hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are still eating food contaminated by radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion a quarter-century after the blast.

In a report, the environmental group said samples of milk,berries,potatoes and root vegetables in two Ukrainian regions show unacceptably high levels of the radioactive isotope cesium-137 from

Japan has no objection to buying more carbon emissions rights from Ukraine as its checks have shown that money Tokyo previously paid for permits has been properly accounted for, a government official said Thursday.

Ukraine's current government has accused the former prime minister of misusing the funds.

"We sent people to Ukraine twice last year and in November confirmed the full amount of m

Peter Walker
Ukraine announces official tours of the 1986 nuclear disaster site.

LESSONS FROM AN ACCIDENT: Visitors can now learn more about the tragedy. A 2007 file photograph of the abandoned town of Pripyat and the now closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the background.

Already been to North Korea? Hiking in Afghanistan too last year? Fear not.

Moscow: As if things in Russia were not looking sufficiently apocalyptic already, with 100-degree temperatures and noxious fumes rolling in from burning peat bogs and forests, there is growing alarm here that fires in regions coated with fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 24 years ago could now be emitting plumes of radioactive smoke.    Several fires have been documented i

Richard Wray

Russia is the world's second largest producer of barley after the EU and the cereal crop is used by many farmers as animal feed.

Shoppers could see the cost of the meat and poultry in their baskets rise as the price of barley has more than doubled over the past six weeks due to continued fears over the drought affecting Russia and Ukraine.

The former centrally planned economies

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